News and Upcoming Projects:
All the Little Animals I Have Eaten to have its Toronto Premiere in Spring 2020
A Nightwood Theatre Production in association with Crow’s Theatre. March 26 - April 14, 2020 at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Ave).
"In the latest of Karen Hines’ darkly hilarious comedies, we follow a tender-hearted young server on the most harrowing shift of her life. Inside the walls of an extraordinarily modern bistro in a weirdly modern condo, Hines serves up a biting meditation on neo-liberalism, consumption, precarity and hope."
“Karen Hines’ wild mind shines” - The Half Step
Crawlspace being adapted as a feature film with Telefilm Canada
From micro theatre hit to feature film ... In progress. More on this soon.
"Savagely funny." NOW Magazine
Other Upcoming Projects:
Lime Green Wow Factor
In progress, a commission for Verb Theatre, Calgary.
A Burtynsky-inspired meditation on our mad landscapes and what happens when iconic characters from horror films go camping on them. Commissioned in part by the NAC's Collaborations Project.
The Cottage, the Horror, the Horror
In progress, a commission for Vertigo Theatre, Calgary.
Magical realism collides with Pop Tarts and burning forests. Part psycho-thriller, part eco-horror, The Cottage is a dark comedy that borrows from cinematic high wire acts such as The Birds, Killing of a Sacred Deer as well as family psychodramas from Sophocles to O’Neill.
Fifty Monkeys Maybe
In progress, with funding from Canada Council.
A psychological thriller about a writer, a dramaturg and the critic who drives them apart. Performed in 'faux verbatim,' this is a 1970's period piece about a previous theatre.
Anagram for Psycho
(33 Short Films About Pochsy)
33 MICROFILMS Written and Directed by Karen Hines and Sandi Somers.
Adapted from 'The Pochsy Plays,' an award-winning theatrical trilogy, and evolving from the prize-winning shorts 'My Name is Pochsy: A Industrial Film,' and 'A Tax on Pochsy (a.k.a. The Audit),' the last in this series, 'Anagram for Psycho (33 Short Films About Pochsy)' will make up the third in a lustrously designer set.
This 33-minute ode to a century of industrial propaganda and corporate mission statements is both a scathing satire and and a tragi-documentary of a day in the life of doomed mercury plant worker, Pochsy. The comedy is black, the horror is terrifying, but the outfits are adorable.
"Pochsy is part of the light that keeps us laughing as we plunge into the darkness. Beckett, a lover of clowns, would have fallen for her." Simon Houpt, Eye.